Friday, December 21, 2018

Final Exam Cookies

The second finest cookie known to humankind. These are Land O'Lakes "Buttery Jam Tarts" except with black cherry preserves instead of raspberry. And try some ground almonds, too.


1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
2/3 cup butter, softened 
1/2 cup sugar 
1  large egg
2 tablespoons milk 
1 teaspoon almond extract 
1/4 teaspoon baking soda 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1/2 cup black cherry preserves

How to make

  1. STEP 1
    Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. STEP 2
    Combine all ingredients except preserves in large bowl. Beat at low speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed.
  3. STEP 3
    Roll out dough on well-floured surface, one-half at a time (keeping remaining dough refrigerated), to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut with 2 1/2-inch round cookie cutter. 
  4. STEP 4
    Place half of cookies, 2 inches apart, onto greased cookie sheets; place 1 teaspoon preserves in center of each cookie. Make cut-out with very small cookie cutter in tops of remaining cookies. Place on top of preserves; press edges together with fork. Bake 12-15 minutes or until edges are very lightly browned.


    Dough: Add 1/4 cup (slivered blanched) almonds, pulverized. No need to adjust the flour, just add them. 
    Prep: Roll them out on saran wrap on thin plastic cutting boards so you can refrigerate them to get the workability level back down
    And, one batch makes only 12-13 3” cookies (or one sheet) so make two batches!

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